We started from Chennai only at 7.20 am and stopped for nearly 20 minutes to update a bank password. Our original plan was to leave by 6 am because the distance is nearly 460 kms from Chennai to Madurai. While we had been told and we read on online forums, that the roads are fantastic, we still wanted to beat the traffic. So we were a tad bit disappointed that we couldn’t leave as planned :).
Our first stop was at Hotel Balaji Bhavan, at Madurantakam, about 60 Kms from Chennai. They have a huge parking lot and an air conditioned restaurant. The chutneys and podi are served in a tray while the sambar is served in a bucket !!
While the food was fantastic, the service prompt, and the restaurant clean – the toilets were a big let down. No, I didn’t use them but took pictures. The #SwachhBharat campaign seems to have had no impact here.
There are amazing scenes all along the way … We also saw this lorry that had met with a head on collision 😦 scary to imagine what would have happened to the driver. If he survived, it would be a miracle.
A huge thumbs up for the roads in TamilNadu. We were in Madurai around 1.45 pm… 460 kms done in 5.5 hours of driving and totally 6.5 hours. We didn’t get even a small stretch of bad road !!